Asia Pacific Hotel Sustainability Data Report
By Damien Little on December 5, 2016
Extract from our Asia Pacific Hotel Sustainability Data Report
Sustainability increasingly translates to embedding aspects of design, equipment, and operations that reduce a hotel’s footprint and enhance the guest experience. Hundreds, even thousands of best practices are available for hotels of all size and asset class. Several practices are commonplace and well understood by hoteliers. Others are emerging, while new innovations are arising and being tested throughout the industry.
To understand the region’s status on implementing these types of practices, we included additional sustainability questions in the Horwath HTL hotel industry surveys reflecting 2015 calendar year energy and water usage. We then calculated the greenhouse gas (carbon) emissions using the energy data, producing the metrics according to the same methodology used in the Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Index.
The sustainability questions were intended to gauge progress on hotel specifications across three categories of the adoption spectrum:
- Attributes that have become ubiquitous across all hotels (linen/towel reuse, low-flow fixtures);
- Emerging best practices with proven ROI and universal capacity for implementation (variable frequency drives, water reuse); and
- Nascent innovations forecasted to see uptake in the future, but which are not yet as common (use of renewable energy).
With each year, the data set, data quality, and uptake in best practices has improved and is likely to continue. Through this report we can see how the region progresses along this spectrum.